Scouting University Spring 2016 session was a great success providing training to 29 Scouters, Rovers and Vents on introducing the Canadian Path this fall. We have received requests to schedule this workshop again in September so more people can receive this training.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Saturday, September 24th, 2016
We are planning on offering the same training with some minor changes. Participants will be divided into "Streams" and matched with an experienced set of trainers. We are planning on offering the following streams:
Cost is expected to be $20 to cover materials and includes a lunch and water. More details will be provided in the near future.
What Canadian Path has changed is how the program is delivered -- with the focus on youth leading youth through the activities and adventures.
This discussion focuses on exposing the wide variety of training that is available for Scouters and youth leaders.
How can we train all of our Scouters and Youth Leaders?
How can we possibly get all of our Scouters and youth leaders trained?
This series of blog posts
This series of blog posts is a good start. Over the next few weeks we will be discussing a wide variety of topics related to the Canadian Path. You can easily find all of these articles at http://scoutingu.weebly.com/news/category/join-me-on-the-path
Training for Youth Leaders
There are three leadership courses available for youth. This training is hosted by the Council Youth Leadership Team that comprises trained Rovers and Venturers who provide the following youth-led courses:
FOCUS (Future Of Canada United in Scouting) is a for-youth-by-youth leadership program aimed towards Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts. It was first developed by the National Youth Committee in 1997 and presented to a delegation of young people in the Scouting movement from all across Canada at a conference in ‘97. Those youth that participated in the event, were given all the necessary materials to bring it back to their local communities; they helped spread their knowledge throughout the country. That’s what makes FOCUS so special—it’s designed such that any member of our older sections can pick up the trainer’s manual, read it, and feel confident enough to present the material to their peers.
In 2010, the National Youth Network began working on two new Youth Leadership training programs aimed at the younger Scouting sections. These courses are called FLEX (Fun Leadership EXperience) for Cub Scouts and FAST (Fun Active Scout Training) for Scouts. FLEX and FAST trainers will help youth learn the skills to become the greatest leaders they can be. These modules on core leadership skills will help youth take on the kinds of leadership opportunities that will take them to the next level and achieve truly great things.
Once youth reach the age of 14 and are registered in Venturers or Rovers, they can participate in the same Wood Badge training that adults take to become fully fledged Scouters. Youth Scouters count for Scouter to youth ratio provided that two adult Scouters are present at the activity or event.
Scouting University / Indaba Days
Scouting University is a day of workshops with a wide variety of topics that focus on activities that can be delivered to youth. With youth-led being a core element in changing how program is delivered, we will be adjusting how Scouting University is run.
The next Scouting University is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th. It will be entirely focused on how we can implement the Canadian Path at the Section and Group Level. Scouts & Venturers are being invited to be active participants in these workshops along side adult Scouters.
Participants will be divided into Section streams (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers & Rovers, and Group Committee).
There will be a total of four one-hour workshops per stream scheduled, plus a special guest at lunch time. Registration and additional details will be made available soon.
Family Training Event
August will see the Family Training Event (FTE) being hosted in Camp Woods adjacent to Sylvan Lake. FTE offers seven days of training including Wood Badge II, Advanced Paperwork, Scouting Traditions, Tomahawk Range Master, Archery Range Master, Basic Camp Skills, Paddle Canada Courses, Standard First Aid, Advanced Blood Control, Scouters Plus and HEROES (for Venturers 16 years or older).
FTE also runs "family" program for the youth with lots of age-related activities to participate in. In some cases, youth will be invited to participate with the Scouters taking First Aid and Wood Badge II. Days start with an traditional opening and announcements then the youth head off to program and the Scouters and leaders head off to training.
Wednesday promises to be a fun day of Indaba sessions for Scouters and youth, range master courses, badge trading, and a large pot luck supper; or families can take the day off to visit the local community to spend a day of fun.
We practise Scouting traditions throughout the event including a formal campfire hosted by one of the Wood Badge courses each evening starting at 7:30 pm.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet a lot of fellow Scouters from across western Canada who travel from Sask, BC and Alberta for this awesome experience.
Spring Wood Badge II
Each April we offer Spring Wood Badge II that provides the Wood Badge II training for Scouters spread across two weekends. The first weekend covers theory and the second weekend includes the overnight outdoor camp to practice skills and leadership challenges. Students are also expected to complete a series of homework assignments to round out the training experience.
Thank a Volunteer!
Did you attend a fantastic training session or get outstanding assistance from a volunteer?
Please take 5 minutes and appreciate their efforts.
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